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'The Glass House' begins! Well, sort of...

"Big Brother” host Julie Chen arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala benefit, celebrating Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, in Manhattan. (May 7, 2012) Credit: AP

In the midst of a somewhat wacky battle to shatter ABC's “The Glass House” before it bows Monday night, CBS got an unexpected surprise yesterday -- the show went ahead and premiered anyway. This live-stream wasn't technically a premiere, of course, but it certainly end-runned CBS and gave potential viewers either a chance to love -- or laugh -- at the newcomer.

Just a recap: As you're likely aware, CBS has filed an injunction against ABC to bar broadcast of the show claiming it's a direct rip-off of summer hit, “Big Brother.”  A couple of judges have passed on the suit, but a third one has not and it remains unclear whether CBS's lawyers will get their day in court before Friday; ABC wants, I assume, the show to air first before the hearing, so the judge can weigh differences. But the livestream appeared to have achieved the same goal.

As Lisa de Moraes, of The Washington Post, pointed out, the show appears to be a “parody” of “Big Brother,” and based on the stream, she very well may have a point. In fact, if ABC's lawyers can argue same, then what's a judge to say to CBS:  “Oh, I'm going to bar a parody from airing? Get out of my chamber now -- 'Big Brother' deserves to be parodied!!!"

Take a look. This thing does appear to be a hoot -- a Hal-like voice, or as de Moraes points out, a Siri knock-off that's meant to poke fun at Julie Chen. But from a production standpoint, it's soporific; the joke gets old very very quickly. See if you agree.


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